5th - 11th March 2016
Nomads Golf was first established here in South Africa in 1960. As its members were drawn from various clubs and played their regular competitions on a variety of different courses, the Nomads name seemed particularly appropriate.
Nomads Golf has flourished in the Republic; it has established clubs in all provinces and its national championship held annually boasts 360+ players.
The Nomads movement then spread over time to Zimbabwe, Botswana to New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and subsequently Swaziland. Today there are close to three thousand Nomads spread around our clubs, all committed to our ideals of benefiting the game of golf and, in the process, raising substantial funding for causes that lend support for those less fortunate than ourselves.
In that regard, the role that the Nomads Golf Club plays in our society can best be described by quoting from the founder of Nomads, Mike Florance, more than 50 years ago. He wrote: "A long experience in and enjoyment of golf left me, in 1959, with a deeply held feeling that there was room in this game for some kind of association or club for business and professional men to come together in a closely planned and integrated programme of golf, with all games interrelated and offering a continuing thread of interest, and that out of this activity could arise some tangible benefit to two very proper causes: to the game of golf itself, and to those less fortunate than ourselves."
These principles are symbolised by the Nomads badge and logo, a bell crossed by a golf club, reflecting the philosophy expressed in the famous extracts from the Meditations of John Donne (1573-1631): "No man is an island entire of itself; Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main... Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee."